With our amazing first benefit coming up tomorrow, we figured you’d like to know what you’re actually supporting at HONK! Fest West. Who will be our performers? It is with great excitement that we announce our 2013 line-up:
After an awesome HonkTX, it’s time for your own HONK! Fest West to kick into high gear! Let’s start this Saturday with Shake Your Brass II, our 2nd Annual Brassy Benefit for HONK! Fest West.
This March 30th, Columbia City Theater will host hot brass from marching bands, live burlesque from Seattle’s hottest cabarets, a live auction, new HONK! swag, and a midnight jam to burn your toast.
Feast your ears on Portland’s LoveBomb Go-Go, Seattle Sounders FC Soundwave Band, One Love, and Mighty Tiny Band. Your eyes will dance at the beauty of Tamara the Trapeze Lady, Miss Kitty Baby, Paris Original, Madisun Avenue, and The Luminous Pariah.
All attendees are welcome to bring your mobile, acoustic instrument for a community jam. Fear not! Fortune favors the bold, plus we all started somewhere. Why not here, with us?
To volunteer to help at this event, or at HONK! Fest West in June, please email: email@example.com. For more information about the festival in general, stay tuned to this website, our Facebook, or our Twitter.
Door 8pm, Show at 9pm
$15 Advance, $20 Door
Advance Tickets Available NOW at Brown Paper Tickets.
HONK! Fest West is a free, three-day, community supported music festival fair dedicated to bringing marching bands, samba lines, horn players, drum corps, and every manner of rhythmic and melodic noisemaker we could find right to the Seattle streets. These volunteer musicians will play unamplified and without fabricated stages, breaking down the barriers between the audience and performers and musically reconnecting with the Seattle community.
This is a weekend-long celebration of Seattle’s public spaces through incredible music, street performances, and uninhibited dancing. It is all-ages, always FREE and family-friendly. Fanciful costumes and participation are highly encouraged!
On Friday, June 21st, HONK! Fest West returns to the corner of Vale and Airport Way in Georgetown from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Music continues until midnight inside The Mix (21+).
Saturday, June 22nd, HONK! Fest West is excited to partner with the Fremont Arts Council and the Solstice Parade! We are pleased to be a part of Solstice Parade’s 25th year in the streets of Fremont, before traveling on to Gas Works Park for an afternoon of musical revelry amidst and astride one of the best views of the city and Sound from 3 – 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 23rd, HONK! Presents a revue of all our HONK! Bands at the Seattle Art Museum! This event is free and open to the public. Then follow us down to the Columbia City Theatre for a wrap party and jam session with anybody left standing.
Mark your calendars now. We want to see you dancing with us in the streets.
Very little about yesterday was good. If you haven’t heard, then it falls to me to let you know that Joe “Vito” Albanese, 52, and Drew “Schmootzi The Clod” Keriakedes, 45, were killed yesterday by an angry and ill man with a gun.
Both played with the band God’s Favorite Beefcake. Both were well loved by my friends and my community. I can’t make any claims to knowing them, and it wrecks me that I won’t have the chance. So many of my friends have shared a pint, a pitcher, a keg, and an evening with one or the other that it almost seemed an inevitability that at some point I would too. Now all I’ll ever be able to say is that whenever I saw them perform, I was among friends and happy.
Yesterday was full of death. In addition to Drew and Joe, we lost two unnamed patrons at Cafe Racer and Gloria Koch Leonidas, a married mother of two. Five. Five folks by one gun. And it’s so easy to withdraw, to hide, when confronted by such bad, irrational, math. That was my response last night. I holed up, played music from HONKers and the circus, kept my own counsel. It was celebratory and sad and right for me. What gave me some peace–the one good thing about yesterday–was that for those who wanted to gather in the company of others, who wanted the comfort of their community, our great family was still there.
The mourning was mostly happening in the front yard, within sight of Cafe Racer, and it was intense. Many of the people there were show people—musicians, actors, acrobats, vaudevillians. [...]
People brought instruments and started playing in the middle of the street between Cafe Racer and D’s house. Orkestar Zirkonium played Balkan-style brass songs that oscillated between gleeful and doleful and sounded something like this. It was the closest thing to a New Orleans jazz funeral I’ve ever seen in Seattle—a pack of musicians showing up spontaneously, blowing their horns and banging their drums with tears streaming down their faces.
Some folks played violin dirges. One man did a handstand, circus-acrobat style, in the middle of the band, doing midair splits and slowly gyrating his legs. Two women sat on the shoulders of others and harmonized an Appalachian song that made pretty much everyone cry. An accordion trio played some of one of the slain’s songs and the crowd sang along.
People also brought large paper lanterns, the kind with a little rectangle of fuel you can ignite and then wait until the paper fills up, let it go, and watch it sail. People cheered as each balloon went up.
Today, I’m a little better. Today I want company. I want to revel in my community, find some small solace with my friends. I think I am ready, today, for HONK! Fest West to begin.
In honor of Drew and Joe, we are planning two memorial events during HONK! Fest West. The first will take place at the start of the procession from Oxbow Park to Georgetown at 5:45 on Friday night. There will be 60 seconds of silence at 5:44pm, followed by the joyous noise of HONK! marching down the street. The second will be on Sunday at Seattle Center, a proper second line sendoff. We will exit EMP at 4pm as a mass band playing this piece.
We invite you join us in honoring their memories though silence and the most raucous noise we can create. Come HONK with us.
Let me leave you with some music. Thank you Drew and Joe, and may you both find peace. Hello G’Bye.
Through lively processions, parades, and stage performances, VamoLá brings to life the celebratory spirit of Brazilian carnival! While the emphasis is on samba—“the essence of the Brazilian musical soul”—VamoLá offers a rich array of other Brazilian music and dance styles as well, from the radical, hip-hop rhythms of samba-reggae to the elegant, powerful rhythms of maracatu. This exuberant drum and dance ensemble envelops the audience in driving rhythms, inviting the audience to join in and delighting viewers of all ages.